Geomechanics 2

Course code CIVL3280Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of soil mechanics. Its purpose is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesA1 To understand the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for granular materials and its central role in geotechnical design.

A2 To understand soil shear strength and strength parameters.

A3 To have an introduction to critical state soil mechanics.

A4 To apply strength failure criteria to the analysis of strip and pad footings, gravity retaining walls and slope stability.

A5 To reinforce the basic principles of soil strength using laboratory experiments.
ContentThe content of the course includes failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil and rock. Specific topics covered in detail include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil models, foundation and retaining wall design, seismic behaviour of soils, and rock and soil slope stability.
Replacing Course(s)N/A.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in course CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalStudents must satisfactorily pass the examination to pass the course.

Criterion fail ensures that students demonstrate their ability in understanding the principles of soil mechanics and applying them to solve problems.
Other: (please specify)Progressive assessment.

NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
ReportsLaboratory report.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 9 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CIVL3280